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Subject:  round bug with “eye”
Geographic location of the bug:  Honolulu in an industrial area
Date: 07/31/2019
Time: 11:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug landed on my leg at work while i was eating lunch outside.   There is a canal nearby about and 1/8 of a mile. I was startled and it almost appeared as if the “eye blinked” i could not see any legs on it……i have NO CLUE what this is…….it was moving i just don’t know WHAT was moving……the entire bug seemed to move……i am unsure if it flew away or what…….i grabbed my camera and got this shot  ……THANKS TONS
How you want your letter signed:  Tony Seymour

Possibly a Tick

Dear Tony,
Your image is lacking significant detail, and our best guess on this is that you encountered a Tick.

Wow…..thanks a lot for getting back from yesterday so quickly.
That picture of a tick looks about right……I just didn’t see any legs on mine…..but that is the closest to an explanation as I need.
I was using an old flip phone to take the photo……..
Tony Seymour

Subject:  Identity
Geographic location of the bug:  NJ
Date: 02/18/2019
Time: 11:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in our house yesterday. Haven’t seen anymore. Curious what this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Wayne


Dear Wayne,
Do you have a dog or other pet that goes outside?  This is a very well fed Tick, meaning it is engorged with blood.

Yes we have one dog that we take outside to go to the bathroom. Due to the winter he has not been outside to play on his dog run since  probably October. However a lot of leaves fell late after we already had snow on the ground so is it possible the ticks have survived the cold under those leaves?

Hi again Wayne,
Ticks must survive cold winters, or they wouldn’t be a problem in northern latitudes.  We don’t know how dormant they become or if they have any hibernating tendencies.

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida, United States of America
Date: 08/13/2018
Time: 11:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this crawling on my arm this morning (currently late summer here). I smooshed him a little because I panicked but I’ve never seen him before and cant find a picture that looks like him anywhere. Could you please identify him for me?
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah Sharpe


Dear Sarah,
This is a blood-sucking Tick, and based on this BugGuide image, we believe it is an American Dog Tick.

Subject:  Found on scrotum
Geographic location of the bug:  Pennsylvania
Date: 08/04/2018
Time: 09:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this for me
How you want your letter signed:  Andrew

Blood Engorged Tick

Dear Andrew,
When we read the subject line, we really thought we were going to find an image of a Crab Louse.  We feel for the man who discovered this well fed Tick.  According to BugGuide:  “External parasites of reptiles, birds, and mammals; larvae, nymphs, and adults feed on blood” and “Important vectors of agents of humans & animal disease throughout the world. Ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens of any blood-sucking arthropod, including bacteria, rickettsiae, protozoa, and viruses. Some currently important human diseases in the US caused by tick-borne pathogens include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and tick-borne relapsing fever.”

Subject:  found on back
Geographic location of the bug:  Boise, Idaho
Date: 05/01/2018
Time: 11:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hello, I was sitting in my bed going though my phone when I felt something on my back. I immediately picked this bug off and took a picture. only found one but I am interested in what it’s called.
How you want your letter signed:  Joesph


Dear Joesph,
Do you have a cat or dog that goes outside?  Were you tramping about in the fields lately?  This is a Tick and here is a BugGuide image of an American Dog Tick for comparison.  Ticks feed on blood.

Subject:  Some type of tick maybe?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Mississippi
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 09:23 PM EDT
Hi there, curious what this little guy is. I have had no luck researching on the internet 🙁
How you want your letter signed:  Rob Thompson


Dear Rob,
This is definitely a Tick, and it resembles this BugGuide image of an American Dog Tick, but we are not certain if that is a correct species identification because it also looks like this image of a Gulf Coast Tick, a species with a more limited range that includes Mississippi.